NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- With the release of the declarations for the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championship East Preliminaries, four members of the Yale women's track and field team secured their spots among the top 48 competitors in their respective events in the East region. This is the largest contingent of the women's team to qualify for NCAA regionals in recent years, a feat which gets more difficult as the sport grows deeper and more talented each season.
As only first years, both Jocelyn Chau and Samantha Friborg earned spots at the Jacksonville, Fla., meet occurring next week. Chau has been dominant in the 1500 meters the entire season and capped her regular season off with a collegiate win at the Twilight Westpoint meet. Her season's best time of 4:19.07, posted at the Twilight meet, landed her 18th on the list of 48 competitors headed into next week's races. Chau will also be familiar with some of her competition, as athletes from Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn and Princeton will all be representing their schools in the 1500 meters as well.
In the 800 meters, Friborg now sits 43rd, as her impressive time of 2:07.23 at the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship just last Saturday gave her a boost in the east rankings. After racing five 800 meter races in just eight days between the Heptagonal Championships and ECACs, the Boston native is primed and ready to compete in her middle-distance specialty next Thursday.
Coming in highest in the rankings of the four Bulldogs, Kayley DeLay ranks 14th overall in the 3,000 meter steeplechase after her impressive time of 10:12.74 at the Penn Relays in April. DeLay followed up her personal best the following week with a second-place finish at the Ivy Championship, running just a second off for a 10:13.52 and a silver medal. Returning to her hometown of Jacksonville for next week's race, the sophomore will be in contention for a bid to NCAA nationals.
Finally, Andrea Masterson qualified in the 10,000 meters for the third consecutive year. Consistency has always been a strong point for Masterson and this third qualification in as many years demonstrates the senior's talent and stability. Despite racing the 10,000 meters just twice thus far in the outdoor season, Masterson posted a quick time of 34:10.34 at the 2019 Raleigh Relays, placing her 26th on the list. Masterson also boasts the experience of racing in warmer weather for last year's 10,000 meters and will return for her final shot at a nationals qualification.
More details about the Bulldogs' races in Jacksonville will follow as the meet approaches, with the 800 meter and 1500 meter first round and the 10,000 meter semifinals going off on Thursday night and the 3,000 meter steeplechase quarterfinals happening on Friday.
Report by Yale Sports Publicity